A 35-year-old man, Abdulrahman Muazu, has been accused of posing as Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Reverend Matthew Kukah to dupe eminent lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola of N2.5m.
Muazu was arraigned before an Ado Ekiti Magistrate’s Court over allegation of obtaining money under false pretence.
He allegedly posed as Reverend Kukah in several telephone conversations he initiated with Chief Babalola.
It was said that the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) believed Muazu’s lie that he was Reverend Kukah and was raising money for the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs).
The eminent lawyer paid N2.5m into the bank account of the accused as his own donation to help the IDPs.
Charged on a two-count charge of felony and fraud, the offence of Muazu and others at large, according to the charge, is punishable under Sections 1 (3) and 11 of Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud-related offences in the criminal code.
The Magistrate, Doyin Akosile, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till October 28 for further hearing.